What Is Investment Immigration and EB-5?

February 28, 2023
The EB-5 Program, administered by USCIS, provides investors and their families with an opportunity to obtain U.S. permanent residency status through investment in the American economy

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Simply put:  This is the easiest pathway to achieving the ‘American Dream’!  Qualifying is easy – just invest in projects that create jobs for US workers and satisfy other supplementary criteria.

  • Make an investment into a commercial business within the United States;
  • Plan to create or retain 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
  • Funds must stay invested until permanent resident status is granted (roughly 5 years, after applicants have received a green card).

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 with one goal – to use foreign investment and job creation as a powerful tool to stimulate the U.S. economy. In an effort to magnify this effect, Congress launched the Immigrant Investor Program (aka Regional Center Program) two years later, designating criteria for approved regional centers that could attract significant capital infusions capable of creating new jobs while fueling economic development across multiple sectors nationwide.

Links provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services are provided below:

Types of Projects Funded By Investment Immigration

  • NBA and soccer sports arenas
  • FBI office building
  • Movie studios
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Ski resorts
  • Medical research facilities
  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Public charter schools
  • University housing
  • Senior homes

EB-5 investment has made an incredible impact on projects of all types across the country – commercial, residential, and retail projects.

Working with a regional center that is open-minded opens up even more possibilities; while many EB-5 investors focus their attention on traditional real estate investments such as hotels and restaurants due to job requirements, there are countless other ways this program can benefit various industries.

EB-5 continues proving itself time again as one of the most innovative financing options available today!

EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 has sparked enthusiasm among investors looking to take advantage of its generous incentives for rural and infrastructure projects. Projects like those undertaken by Beyond Global Management, ranging from the residential through the retail sector to even a 1 million square foot indoor greenhouse, illustrate how lucrative such an opportunity can be – no matter if they may not appear as glamorous on paper at first glance!

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How to Obtain Permanent Residence Through the EB-5 Program

Becoming a U.S. permanent resident with the EB-5 visa program is comprised of four key steps, including filing an I-526 form to demonstrate you meet the capital requirements and financial qualifications for immigration investment; obtaining conditional residency; initiating the removal of conditions on residence status which entails submitting your petition to adjust status if applicable or completing other necessary paperwork; and receiving notice from USCIS that their green card has been approved giving them full advantages as a lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Upon successfully navigating these steps, investors can take pride in knowing they have fulfilled all criteria required by law to gain LPR – paving the way towards becoming citizens five years later!

Step 1: Locate an EB-5 Project

Finding the right business project is a critical step in obtaining an EB-5 visa. These investments typically take one of two forms: new commercial enterprises or regional center projects, both often requiring guidance from overseas migration agents to ensure they meet accredited investor income requirements and align with individual needs. With the proper research and preparation, these pathways abroad can pave way for exciting opportunities!

Step 2: Capital Investment and I-526 Petition

After selecting the appropriate project, applicants must submit their capital investment into an escrow account. This amount is typically $1.05 million or reduced to $800,000 if in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). To be approved for the EB-5 visa program through USCIS, an immigration attorney generally files an I-526 petition on behalf of investors who have placed funds into escrow accounts – commonly within 31 and 52 months after submission notification will arrive regarding acceptance/denial status; often times regional centers offer refund options due to denied petitions as well.